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Struck by Lightning Reviews

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 11, 2013
Colfer is still very young, but he needs to learn that "snide" is not a point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
January 11, 2013
Ultimately, it all portends a much brighter future for Colfer than for Carson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
January 10, 2013
If only "Struck by Lightning" had a sharper, stronger perspective, it might have made more of its conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 10, 2013
Except for Ms. Janney's monstrous mother and an Alzheimer's-afflicted grandmother (Polly Bergen), "Struck by Lightning" gives its characters no dimension.
| Original Score: 2/5
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January 10, 2013
There isn't much to say about Struck by Lightning, except that it's one of those interchangeable teen movies that lands in theaters in early January, the morgue for films nobody knows what to do with.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 10, 2013
In his screenwriting debut, Glee's gifted Chris Colfer, 22, proves he can lace a line with sass and soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 10, 2013
One can't blame Colfer for wanting to expand his range, but he's created a character who is neither hero nor villain, in a black comedy that is neither dark nor funny enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
January 10, 2013
Lightning is a funny, fast-moving movie, packed with barbed one-liners, goofy hyperbole, and all the oversized exasperation of teen angst. But it's too acid, particularly where Colfer is concerned.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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January 9, 2013
At times the film is charming against its own will, but it remains needlessly complicated and obsessed with its own mythology and metaphors.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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David Fear
Time Out
January 9, 2013
All but the hard-core Colferphiles slink out embarrassed, feeling as confused and discombobulated as if they too just took an electric bolt to the brain.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 9, 2013
Some charming, buzzy talents pitch in on this short little lark ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rob Nelson
Variety
January 9, 2013
A mediocre coming-of-age indie.
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
January 9, 2013
Struck by Lightning means well, but its gentle dissection of high school cliques brings nothing new to the genre ...
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Omer Mozaffar
Chicago Sun-Times
January 3, 2013
What makes this film rise a bit above the pack is the recurring idea that everyone wants to leave their nests and fly high into the sky, but few are able.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 26, 2012
Chris Colfer's Glee appeal is AWOL in this strained dark comedy about a high school misfit.